Mid Wales League, Division Two
Dyffryn Banw 1 Abermule 2 (att 35)
I've always liked watching football in the Mid Wales League, grounds in lovely rural settings and enjoyable country drives to get to them.
Dyffryn Banw is typical, the club is based in Llangadfan, a village a few miles west of Welshpool, and they play in a farmer's field that's been converted into a rustic football ground. On a warm and sunny evening it was a great place to be.
It was an entertaining game as well. Abermule were good value for the win, having scored a goal in each half to take command. They also hit the frame of the goal more than once as the home side stuttered.
But Dyffryn Banw will consider themselves unfortunate after what might have been an unlikely late comeback. In the final five minutes they had the ball in the Abermule net three times, but only the middle one counted as the other two were disallowed.
Abermule survived the late scare to claim the points. Their players no doubt happy as they walked out of the field, across another field to the road, then walked a few yards along the main road to the village school, where players change and parking is available.
The ground itself has a pair of dugouts and a covered area with a few seats down one side, with a bit of hard standing and a roped off area, while the remainder is open.
No more Mid Wales League grounds for me to visit now, at least until new clubs join or existing clubs swap one farmer's field for another.